[Cryptography] "Most Americans Don't Mind Being on Candid Camera"
iang at iang.org
Mon Mar 23 15:34:08 EDT 2015
On 23/03/2015 10:53 am, Jerry Leichter wrote:
> Maybe the most important job for those of us concerned about security is convincing our fellow citizens that there's something to be concerned about.
> Depressing article:
Personally I think the surveillance genie is out of the bottle and will
never go back. Over the long term, technology trumps law, not the other
However, what I am not keen on - actually what I think is the threat to
the very nature of the democratic and free societies we were taught
about in school - is that the intelligence agencies then use their broad
and well-funded surveillance powers on everyone, *and then hand the data
over to the police*.
That way lies the police state. And for that, there is no excuse,
because we were all (*) alive and aware when the Berlin Wall came down.
Spying on everyone is fine - for national security. But there is a
long-standing taboo between mixing national / military affairs with
domestic / criminal affairs.
(*) ok, I know that's not technically true, but ...
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